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Week of Virtual Learning Schedule:

Monday, November 2nd 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenters: Cassie Manuel, Regional Recreation and Sport Inclusion Consultant, Communities, Culture and Heritage, Northern Region 

Title: Inclusion Policy Development: Step by Step Considerations

Description: Miller et al. (2009) suggest that there has been a number of ‘how-to’ guides that have been developed by organizations, and a lack of good science, effective model building, and a comprehensive understanding of the inclusive recreation landscape when looking at scholarly-based literature within leisure studies. This research study aims to gain understanding of how urban municipalities across Canada are currently approaching and implementing inclusion for persons living with disability in recreation contexts.

Tuesday, November 3rd 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenter: Max Chauvin, Consultant, Chauvin Resource Development 

Title: Recognition is Worthless. Appreciation is Everything

Description: Did you know the most popular form of recognition is the least popular with recipients? We have all been told that recognition is key to keeping volunteers, donors and even staff and yet the majority of the recognition we provide to people is worthless. No one remembers it, it doesn't influence future behaviour and in some cases it actually makes people feel worse about their experience with us. We must instead help people feel appreciated, to know their contribution mattered and changed the world. Explore how to ensure your volunteers, donors and staff feel appreciated and through that, increase their commitment to your organization and contribution to your cause.

Wednesday, November 4th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Presenters: Seana Jewer and Debbie Bauld 

Title: Recreation for Mental Health (R4MH): Reducing the Barriers

Description: Recreation plays a key role in helping people build resiliency and improve their mental health however not everyone feels comfortable in participating in programs or entering a recreation facility. The Recreation for Mental Health project promotes collaboration between the health and recreation sectors in Nova Scotia in order to address the challenges associated with community recreation participation commonly experienced by people with mental health challenges. Through the development of practical resources and training based on extensive research, the Recreation for Mental Health Initiative strives to help community organizations create new programs and/or adapt existing ones for individuals with mental health challenges so that all people can experience the mental health benefits of recreation participation. This interactive session will help reduce stigma associated with poor mental health and mental illness while providing practical tools and resources to reduce barriers in programs and at facilities.

Thursday, November 5th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenter: Michael Levin, Associate Lawyer, Blois, Nickerson and Bryson, LLP

Title: Landowner Liability and Outdoor Recreation in Nova Scotia 

Description: Landowners often worry that they could be exposed to legal risk if someone gets hurt on their property. This concern has led to the closure of important outdoor recreation areas around the province. Come learn about the law, and how recreation advocates can help landowners minimize their liability to preserve access to outdoor sites in Nova Scotia.

Friday, November 6th 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenters: Nick Zamora, Coordinator – Community Recreation, Health and Wellness, Town of Wolfville and Dr. Beverley Cassidy MD FRCP(C), Department of Psychiatry Dalhousie University

Title: ​"Don't Hide Away": Destigmatizing Dementia with Memory Cafes

Description: Social isolation is an increasingly recognized problem with deleterious effects on both mental and physical health among older adults, especially those with neurocognitive disorders and their caregivers. Memory cafes, which originated in the Netherlands in the 1990s aim to promote social connection, destigmatize memory impairment and build age friendly communities. The purpose of this workshop is to share the experience of starting a Memory Café in a rural Nova Scotia community, to describe what a Memory Café get-together may entail and to highlight the effect that this experience has had on the lives of its participants.

Monday, November 9th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Presenter: Gabrielle Gallagher

Title: Retaining Girls in Sport, Recreation & Physical Activity

Description: This interactive workshop will apply a gender lens to sport and recreation program design in Nova Scotia. In this 90 minute session, participants will learn how to holistically design programs to meet the psycho-social needs of girls, in an effort to increase their participation and retention in sport and recreation.

This session is presented by the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, in partnership with Canadian Women & Sport and Recreation Nova Scotia.

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